There's been some question as to whether or not Thor is a popular enough character to support his own live-action feature film. Let's be realistic -- people know who Thor is. Even if they don't know the comic, they know he's the Norse god of thunder, and, as far as I know, that's exactly what he is in the upcoming movie. In this particular case, Thor's individual popularity takes a backseat to the popularity of Marvel Studios and their product.

Of course, maybe I'm being naive because I grew up with Thor, the superhero. I can't imagine someone not having a vague understanding of who he is, based on centuries of existing mythology, whether they've cracked an issue of 'Journey Into Mystery' or not. Maybe I take Thor's public perception for granted?

Those thoughts lead me to 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,' the 3-D mo-cap film based on a comic I've not only never read, but barely even seen on the shelves of American comic book stores. I know it's about a kid and his dog and that they go on adventures, but that's it. It looks old-fashioned and quaint to my eyes, like Jonny Quest meets Little Orphan Annie. I realize I could be 100% wrong about Tintin, but I think, in general, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg might be taking Tintin's U.S. popularity for granted.